Past 7 days of earthquakes 2.5M+ in the United States. Showing large movement on the Western, and central portions of the cratons edge.
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Oklahoma with a 4.0M, and multiple mid 3.0M+ events…… Utah with a 4.2M earthquake… followed then by a large 5.2M earthquake due South in Arizona.
Also, West Texas (at a fracking operation) back in the mix, along with Greeley Colorado, Idaho / Yellowstone, and the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
West Coast, California showing multiple 2.0M and 3.0M events, reaching South to Salton Sea.
Pacific Northwest , Oregon, Washington state, British Columbia have been rather silent, in the midst of large movement in all adjacent areas (last week’s 8.0M earthquake in Alaska to the NW of the North American Craton, and the current movement in the midwestern states located to the SE).
Watch the silent areas first, also watch the far SW (california). Followed by watching the states along the edge of the craton for further movement in the near term. Some could continue to be noteworthy like the Arizona movement today.
New Madrid to East Coast, also watch for possible movement in the near term. We normally see smaller compensation movement along the edge of the craton when it is dispaced from the West. Meaning we need to watch the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Quebec to New Brunswick Canada.
This is in addition to the other states located along the edge of the craton (currently moving in the 3.0M+ and 4.0M+ earthquake swarms happening over the past few days).. those states : Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas also need to be aware of further near term movement.
North Mexico, and Central Mexico have also been silent recently. Each time the North American plate is displaced, coupled with larger movement happening internationally, we normally see activity in Mexico. Being silent recently (earthquake-wise) , we should also be watching from Baja South to Mexico city.
This is all NEAR term.. next several days. Lets hope things calm down a bit.
The craton earthquake epicenters usually fall directly upon the “edge” of the plate (as seen in the attached diagram)… luckily we can go with past movement as a model for future activity, thus we can determine where to watch next to some extent.
Since most of the movement is occurring to the central and Western portion of the plate, terminating in Oklahoma via a large pressure release at the fracking operations, we can expect less movement towards the East coast (as Oklahoma is taking the ‘hit’ via its man made weak point @ drilling / frack wells).
Normally (in the past several years) when we have major unrest occurring internationally, and along the Western portion of the craton, the movement in the midwest to East coast has been less than 6.0M in size.
This is somewhat good news. The 2011 5.9M in Virginia (located near a fracking operation), was preceded by a 5.3M earthquake at the Trinidad, Colorado fracking operation, which itself was preceded by at 5.7M earthquake at an Oklahoma fracking operation, which again was preceded by a 5.6M in an Arkansas fracking operation.
Again, a 5.6M led to a 5.7M which led to a 5.3M which led to a 5.9M … all in a few months time….. each event was accompanied by several smaller 2.0M+ and 3.0M+ events.
All this being said, we can “know” where a larger earthquake is going to strike, in the silent areas, and the swarming areas. We can almost nail it down to a few days time frame to watch, and where to watch. The epicenters of the events (seen in the attached graphic) show both the swarming areas, and the silent areas.
Silent areas on the West coast that SHOULD NORMALLY be moving, watch for larger movement. Swarming areas on the West coast, watch for moderate movement, in the 4.0 to 5.0M range accompanied by multiple smaller events on top of one another. Western craton states watch near dormant volcanic areas along the edge of the plate (Yellowstone, Idaho, Nevada and California). Central Craton states watch near the fracking operations only. Eastern craton states watch ONLY along the edge of the craton.. more inland than towards the coast.
Have a plan, don’t be scared, be prepared 🙂
Multiple earthquake monitoring links here:
The below screenshots will walk you through a progression of events which occurred in 2011, and 2012. How global seismic unrest translated into United States craton edge displacement earthquakes. Some of the earthquakes reaching upwards of 6.0M in the lower 48 states.
Each time, beginning as movement to the NW, then spilling across the edge of the craton over a few weeks / months time. End result, large earthquakes across the US at several man made drilling operations, states along the edge of the craton, and natural dormant / extinct volcanic locations.
The same thing happened in 2012, first a large earthquake from the North Pacific sends the North American Craton into a state of flux, resulting in earthquakes first along the Western portion of the plate, followed by movement spilling across the edge of the craton into the midwest / east coast states.
List of USGS midwest seismographs :
USGS main earthquake site:
USGS live internet seismic server:
USGS Global Seismograph Network :
USGS ANSS seismograph backbone:
USGS weekly volcanism report:
USGS netquakes site live :
Montana Bureau of mines / Earthquakes :
Yellowstone supervolcano seismographs:
NCSN Drum Recorder Display(SAFOD pilot hole at Parkfield):
USGS Hawaii data clearinghouse:
USGS Hawaii earthquakes :
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Seismogram Displays :
Midwest USA :
Midwest USA : http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/recenteqs/
New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ information): http://www.showme.net/~fkeller/quake/maps.htm
Arkansas seismic network: http://www.geology.ar.gov/geohazards/ark_seismic_network.htm
map of New Madrid Seismic Zone seismograph locations (interactive): http://www.ceri.memphis.edu/seismic/stations/nmsz.html
West Coast USA:
Alaska Volcano observatory: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/
Mount Baker (pacific northwest): http://mbvrc.wwu.edu/index.shtml
- Nevada Seismological Laboratory Helicorder : http://www.seismo.unr.edu/Earthquake
- Northern California Earthquake Data Center, Berkeley Digital Seismic Network [California]: http://quake.geo.berkeley.edu/bdsn/quicklook.html
West Coast / Alaska Tsunami warning center: http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/events/eventmap.php
Pacific Tsunami Warning center: http://ptwc.weather.gov/
National Data Buoy Center (monitor buoys for wave activity): http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/
Pacific Basin Information node: http://www.nbii.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=240&mode=2&in_hi_userid=2&cached=true
East coast USA (columbia college):
Various Global charts:
- Public Seismic Network Stations: http://psn.quake.net/currentseismicity.html
- Slovak National Network of Seismic Stations, SNSN (Slovakia) http://www.seismology.sk/Live_seismograms/live_seismograms.html
- Institute of Catalan Studies, University of Barcelona (Spain): http://sismic.iec.cat
- Czech Regional Seismic Network, CRSN (Czech Republic): http://www.ig.cas.cz/en/seismic-service/live-seismograms
- Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, KNMI (The Netherlands): Huidige bodembeweging gemeten in station Heimansgroeve in Zuid-Limburg
- TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (Turkey): http://www.ydbae.mam.gov.tr/sismogram/
- Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik ZAMG (Austria): Live Seismogramm Erdbeben-Station Conrad Observatorium
- Hellenic Seismological Broadband Network, Institute of Geodynamics, NOA (Greece): http://bbnet.gein.noa.gr/Real_Time_Plotting.htm
- Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique, RéNaSS (France): http://renass.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/largeb/plotBB_web.pl
- Norwegian Seismic Array, NORSAR (Norway): http://www.norsar.no/NDC/data/latest.html
- British Geological Survey (United Kingdom): http://www.earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/helicorder/heli.html
- Royal Observatory of Belgium: http://seismologie.oma.be/index.php
- New Zealand National Seismograph Network, GeoNet: http://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake/drums/index.html
- Observatorio Vulcanológico de la Universidad de Colima, Mexico http://resco.ucol.mx/
- Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER): http://geofisica-ew1.ineter.gob.ni/sismogramas/welcome.html
- Webicorder links for Estaciones del INETER, estaciones sismo-volcánicas del INETER 50 Hz
- Webicorder links for Estaciones del INETER, otras estaciones sísmicas de período corto del INETER, Nicaragua 50 Hz
- Webicorder links for Estaciones de INETER – Prueba tarjeta SAD de Cochrane 10 Hz, filtrados 5 Hz
- Webicorder links for Estaciones sísmicas del INETER, Nicaragua, banda ancha
- Webicorder links for Estaciones sísmicas del SNET, El Salvador 20 Hz
- Webicorder links for Estaciones sísmicas de OVSICORI (Costa Rica), UPA y OSOP (Panamá)
- Webicorder links for Estaciones sísmicas de COPECO y UNAH, Honduras
- Webicorder links for Estaciones sísmicas fuera de Centroamérica
Rest of the world some duplicate countries (always updating with more):
Mexico seismographs: http://www.ssn.unam.mx/
Belgium seismographs: http://seismologie.oma.be/index.php?LANG=NL&LEVEL=210
Philippines earthquakes and volcanic activity: http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/
Swiss seismology: http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/index
Russian seismographs: http://www.ceme.gsras.ru/ccd.htm
Japanese seismographs: http://www.gsi.go.jp/ENGLISH/index.html
Thailand seismicity / seismographs : http://www.seismology.tmd.go.th/en/index.php
Netherlands seismographs: http://www.knmi.nl/seismologie/aardbevingen-nederland.html
New Zealand seismographs: http://quake.crowe.co.nz/Mobile/
Iceland seismographs: http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes/
Italy seismographs: http://cnt.rm.ingv.it
Taiwain earthquake information: http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V7e/earthquake/
EMSC European Mediterranean earthquake agency map/index :
Spanish (El Hierro Canary islands) seismographs: http://www.01.ign.es/ign/head/volcaSenalesAnterioresDia.do?nombreFichero=CHIE_2011-11-03&ver=s&estacion=CHIE&Anio=2011&Mes=11&Dia=03&tipo=2
Indonesia seismographs: http://aeic.bmg.go.id/
Global links for earthquake monitoring:
Monitor earths rotation: http://hpiers.obspm.fr/
COSMOS earthquake data global list: http://db.cosmos-eq.org/scripts/earthquakes.plx
Download the free version of earthquake3D: http://download.cnet.com/Earthquake-3D/3000-2054_4-10395116.html
Global IRIS earthquake browser: http://www.iris.edu/servlet/eventserver/map.do
Global earthquake mashup of EMSC, USGS, GFZ : http://www.oe-files.de/gmaps/eqmashup.html
Topographic maps of the USA and Canada: http://www.topozone.com/
intellicast (turn on earthquake view): http://www.intellicast.com/Local/WxMapFull.aspx
Global Incident Map: http://www.globalincidentmap.com/
RSOE EDIS global incident map : http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/
Global volcano webcam coverage:
Yellowstone park geyser webcams:
Japanese Mount Fuji Webcams:
Japanese Sakurajima Volcano webcams:
Sakurajima official youtube page:
Cascades Pacific Northwest webcams:
Mount St. Helens webcams:
All the known volcano webcams of the world (Italy, Russia, Iceland, South/Central America, Spain and several other locations) :